Julie DeSantis Program Director
The Transplantation and Donation Sciences Master Degree (MSBS-TDS, PSM) program is designed to provide entry-level professional preparation for individuals who wish to become an organ procurement transplant coordinator. Organ procurement coordinators facilitate the organ donation process from beginning to end. They are the liaisons between the donor’s family, the coroner, the medical and nursing staff, the organ procurement organization and ultimately the transplant surgeon. As a result, coordinators must skillfully and diplomatically deal with a number of issues, agendas and personalities in order to achieve a successful organ transplant.
Combining science coursework with business and management coursework further enables the HDS-MSBS, PSM graduate to step into the professional world of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
- Baccalaureate degree from a school that is accredited by a nationally recognized body for accreditation of postsecondary education.
- Overall grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate work.
- Submission of online University of Toledo Graduate School Application.
- Three letters of recommendation (using the University of Toledo forms).
- A minimum of two semesters of coursework in the biological sciences, a minimum of two semesters of coursework in chemistry, and one semester of college algebra or higher.
- Satisfactory completion of a course in medical terminology or pass a medical terminology proficiency examination. Candidates who are unable to pass the medical terminology proficiency examination will be required to participate in a self-study program and pass a re-test.
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and TOEFL are only required for international students.
- Interview, if requested.
- Graduate School application fee.
Although not required, shadowing an organ procurement coordinator is highly recommended.
Persons who are currently practicing professionals in the field of donation and transplantation are also eligible to enroll in this program and complete the curriculum entirely on-line through the distance learning track. All other applicants who meet the above entrance requirements are eligible for the on-campus track.
|HDSC 5010||Organ Transplant Procurement||3|
|HDSC 5210||Scientific & Clinical Foundations for Human Organ & Tissue Donation & Transportation||6|
|HDSC 5110||Fundamental Concepts and Clinical Practicum I||3|
|HDSC 5310||Clinical Aspects Procurement||4|
|HDSC 5120||Clinical Practicum II||2|
|HDSC 5020||Scholarly Proj Hum Donation Sc||3|
|HDSC 5130||Human Donation Sci Internship||8|
|HDSC 5410||Human Donation Science Seminar||2|
|Select three of the following:||9|
|Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis in Public Health (fall/spring)|
|Performance Management (fall/spring)|
|Leading With Power and Influence (fall)|
|Leading and Developing Yourself (fall/spring)|
|Law And The Legal System (fall)|
|Issues in Pandemic Preparedness and Response|
|Leading Through Ethical Decision-Making|
|Leading change and Organizational Improvement|
|Interdisciplinary Crisis Management for Medical and Public Health Professionals|
Total Program Credit Hours (minimum) for MSBS, PSM degree in Human Donation Science is 40 credits.
Transplantation and Donation Sciences SLO’s
1.Analyze a hospital's organ and tissue donor potential within the Organ Procurement Organization's (OPO) Federal Designated Service Area (DSA).
2.Identify specific need for policy updates and staff education to comply with the federal Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.
3.Evaluate potential organ and tissue donors through medical and social history, current medical condition, and infectious disease testing to determine suitability for transplant.
4.Identify the appropriate family member to obtain authorization for organ and tissue donation and communicate effectively and compassionately with the family throughout the case with an understanding of their emotional and cultural needs
5.Identify and assess physiologic issues in the organ and tissue donor related to brain death and current medical condition.
6.Implement the appropriate interventions to achieve optimal organ function for transplantable organs and tissues.
7.Determine the correct allocation of recovered organs and identify the appropriate recipient according to the regulations of the OPTN.
8.Coordinate and collaborate with organ and tissue recovery teams and surgical staff to ensure optimal recovery and preservation of organs and tissues according to the OPTN and FDA regulations.
9.Assemble the written, permanent record of each donor case with all required documentation maintaining confidentiality according to the OPTN and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
10.Communicate effectively with donor families, hospital staff, coroners/medical examiners, funeral homes, and transplant centers to build, maintain, and improve relationships in order to improve donation and transplant outcomes.
11.Demonstrate professionalism through code of ethics as it relates to the donation and transplant field.
12.Demonstrate professionalism through life-long learning, self-improvement, increased work knowledge, awareness of new practice trends, and scientific advancements as it relates to the donation and transplant field.